MORAVIA — Right when the Chiefs reeled them back in, the Blue Devils found a way to pull away.
Southern Cayuga began the second half on a 15-4 run to tie the score, but the Moravia boys basketball team finished the third quarter on an 11-4 run and held on for a 72-66 victory at Moravia High School Tuesday.
"Some guys hit some shots and stepped up," Blue Devils coach Todd Mulvaney said. "A few players weren't playing to their role and they had to kind of figure it out, and then Carter (Flick) got hot for us. He hit some shots. They were hitting their shots, so it forced us to step up our game on offense as well.
"It was some good basketball there in the third quarter."
The Blue Devils had balanced scoring, with Flick, Kaden Hooper and Kaleb Stayton each finishing with 17 points.
Andrew White scored a game-high 26 points for the Chiefs. Conner Bennett added 18 points and Lorenzo Raymundo tallied 10 points.
Moravia pushed the tempo throughout the first half. The Blue Devils scored the first six points and had an 11-4 lead after the first eight minutes.
Both teams created more offense in the second half. The Blue Devils outscored the Chiefs 24-20 and held a 35-24 advantage at halftime.
The Chiefs stormed out of the break. White hit a couple three-pointers to get Southern Cayuga's offense going, and the score was tied 39-39 midway through the third quarter.
"I thought we did a little better job getting the ball to the middle and ball-faking more when we were trapped or pressured," Chiefs coach Greg Otis said. "When we did that, we got the ball into the middle and that opened things up for us both inside — we scored some on the inside — and some kick-outs for 3s as well."
With Flick hitting shots from beyond the arc, the Blue Devils answered with an 11-4 run of their own to end the quarter. Southern Cayuga was able to cut its deficit to five points late in the fourth quarter, but Moravia held on for the win.
"We started taking what they were giving us and we were finishing around the rim a little better," Mulvaney said. "We were moving the basketball. I felt like our shot selection was a little off in the first half, and the shots we were taking (in the second) were much better shots."
Moravia, the reigning Section IV, Class C champion, has a 5-1 record to begin the season and makes the trek to Norwich on Thursday.
"They won Section IV, Class B last year and lost to Westhill, who won the state championship," Mulvaney said. "It will be a good battle for us. We're looking forward to it."
Southern Cayuga (2-5) plays Weedsport in the first round of the Cayuga County Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27 at Cayuga Community College. The Chiefs have some time to prepare for a team they only see during the county tournament.
"I know Weedsport has been doing well and they have a lot of guys returning from last year's team," Otis said. "They've had some success at the tournament, so we know they're going to be a quality team."